Posted: Oct 13, 2010 11:54 AM by Kate Mundy
Updated: Oct 13, 2010 11:54 AM
This Friday, fifteen Airmen will walk through Acadiana in remembrance of Fallen Soldiers. They're on an 860-mile trek.
Here's the details:
What: 15 active-duty Airmen will pass near Lafayette this Friday and Saturday on their 860-mile trek from Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio to Hurlburt Field in Florida. They are walking to honor 14 fallen Special Tactics Airmen killed in Iraq and Afghanistan and to raise money for their families left behind. The Airmen left Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio on Oct. 9.
The teams' path will bring them near Lafayette beginning at approximately 9:30 a.m. in Kinder, as they turn from 3rd Street onto US 190. They will enter Lafayette in the early morning hours of October 16 on their way toward Patterson.
Six teams of two or three members will relay through five states, averaging 15-20 miles per leg. Each team will walk approximately 150 miles during the trek, carrying a 50-pound rucksack and a commemorative baton engraved with a fallen Airman's name.
Once through Lafatette, the teams will travel through Morgan City, La., New Orleans, Biloxi, Miss., Mobile, Ala., and onto Hurlburt Field near Pensacola, where they will meet teammates, family and friends for a reunion at approximately 3 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 21. Along the way, they will be joined by loved ones of the fallen and will be offering commemorative black-and-gold wristbands for a $5 donation for those who wish to help the cause.
When: FRIDAY, October 15 (approximate times)
* 9:30 a.m. - In Kinder where Third Street intersections with US 190
* 2:30 p.m. - Turn onto LA 367 from US 190 (3 miles east of Eunice)
* 9 p.m. - Castille Hwy. to Grand Prairie Hwy. (Hwy. 98)
SATURDAY, October 16 (approximate times)
* 2:35 a.m. - Johnston St. at University Ave.
* For exact route click here.
Why: Event organizers say the team seeks to honor Special Tactics Airmen who have fallen in defense of America and educate the public about Air Force Special Operations careers like Combat Control, Pararescue, and Special Operation Weather. The marchers also hope to raise awareness for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF), which provides full scholarships grants and educational and family counseling to the surviving children of special operations personnel from all service branches that die in operational or training missions.